[12/19, 5:19 AM] 919063: OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2019
THEME: BY THEIR FRUITS.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20
READ: Matthew 7:15-20
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
It is common knowledge that a tree is known by its fruit. Incidentally, man also possesses the capacity to bear fruit. Are you bearing fruit? What kind of fruit are you bearing? For a sinner, he or she is expected to bear fruits meet for repentance (Matthew 3:8), while believers must bear the fruit of souls won into the kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20), as well as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
The fruits emanating from a person’s life can be used in identifying that person’s nature. Our Lord Himself recommended this as a way of differentiating his true messengers from imposters. In these last days, there are imposters among believers and ministers of the gospel. The only way we can identify them is by examining their fruits. For example, when you see so-called believer drinking beer, patronizing brothels or living a lifestyle of sin, you do not need to be Prophet Elijah to tell that such a person is not a genuine disciple of Christ, why? The Holy Spirit already clearly revealed the kind of lifestyle fruit that those who are in Christ will produce. He said in 1 John 3:9-10:
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
In Acts 8:18-23, we read about fake disciple in the early Church, Simon by name, who was identified as an imposter through his fruit. He had been a sorcerer for a good number of years, but he joined the Church, pretending to be converted. The leadership of the Church was able to discover his deception by his quest to procure spiritual power with money. In other words, he was only in church to make money, contrary to the purpose of the Head of the Church. When his sin found him out. Peter sternly reprimanded him, saying in Acts8:20-21:
“Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.”
There are some people who crave position, title and ordination in church today so that they can make merchandise of the gospel, while some are even in church to cause confusion. What is the motive driving your service in the house of God today? The Lord expects your zeal for him to be grounded in love for Him to be grounded in love for Him and commitment to the expansion of His kingdom. Is it so with you?
Father, please help me to bear fruit that is acceptable to You.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 5-8
Zechariah 7:1- 8:8
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 5: LET OTHERS SEE JESUS IN YOU.
1. While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;
Let others see Jesus in you.
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.
Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.
2. Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skis,
Do others see Jesus in you?
3. Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.
Let others see Jesus in you.
[12/19, 5:19 AM] 919063: Great doors/great challenges
Thursday 19th December 2019
‘A great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.’ 1 Corinthians 16:9 NIV
Nothing becomes truly great until it overcomes something that looks insurmountable. Paul writes, ‘I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me’ (1 Corinthians 16:8-9 NIV). Great doors of opportunity always come with great challenges, and each challenge calls for greater faith and tenacity. Think about it: if outstanding success came easily, everyone would have it. And if everyone had it, it wouldn’t be outstanding success.
How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? By overcoming the cocoon. And the cocoon is so essential to the process that the caterpillar actually creates it. Wouldn’t it be easier just to stay in the warmth and comfort of the cocoon? On days when the caterpillar struggles to get out of it, he probably thinks so! But deep down, he knows the price of freedom. Flight and discovery require struggle, development and breakthrough. There is no other way! Why did Jesus send his disciples into a life-threatening storm? To teach them to trust him in all of life’s situations. Soon he’d be leaving them, and he was using every experience to prepare them for their future.
So what are you struggling to overcome right now? Instead of complaining and asking God to take it away, see it for what it is – preparation. Remember, your level of preparation indicates the level of blessing that awaits you on the other side of it. So if God is opening doors of opportunity for you, be prepared for challenges, because you can’t have one without the other.
[12/19, 5:25 AM] 919063: Today’s SOD – 2019-12-19
TOPIC: YOUR DEVOTION AND YOUR PROTECTION
SCRIPTURE: Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed,”he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your devotion to God determines your duration in life; to be sold out to God is to be shielded by God.
Devotion is the feeling of strong and fervent affection for or dedication to someone or something. Devotion is a brutal commitment to someone or something.
Devotion to God,”therefore, is a strong affection for and dedication to God. Devotion to God is indispensable if disaster in these harsh and terrible times must be avoided. Nothing secures a life like commitment to God and his kingdom. As a matter of fact, your commitment to God determines His commitment to you; your devotion to God determines your duration in life; to be sold out to God is to be shielded by God. (Daniel 3″:28).
Know this: Your protection in life is determined by the quality of your devotion and the value you place on God.
Beloved,”living your life independent of God is a set-up for calamity. It was Saint Augustine of the Catholic Church who once said, ‘Oh God, You formed us for Yourself, and our lives can have no rest until we rest it in You.’
To wake up in the morning, go about your daily activities without recourse to the Owner of life is tragedy waiting to happen. It is progress with God that is progress indeed; every step away from God is a step closer to disaster.
Today, I decree that as you determine to be more dedicated to God, every trap the enemy set for you in this ‘EMBER’ month shall not catch you, in Jesus’ Name.
REMEMBER THIS”: Your devotion to God determines your duration in life; to be sold out to God is to be shielded by God.
1. Determine to be dedicated to God in your personal relationship with Him and in Kingdom service.
2. Ensure you are not just an ‘amen’ shouter only in Church. Locate a service unit and serve in any capacity you can.
For Further Understanding,”Get This Message”: Dedication Part 3
PRAYER: Lord,”I receive the grace to be dedicated to You despite distractions. Fence my life and destiny against every attacks of the devil in this season Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY READING”: Zephaniah 1:1 to 3:20,”Revelation 10″:1 to 11,”Psalm 138″:1 to 8,”Proverbs 30″:11 to 14
QUOTE: Your dedication to God determines your distinction in life. Culled from ‘365 Wisdom Capsules’ by Dr. Paul Enenche
AMAZING FACT: Horses can engage in a race competition within hours after birth
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: A fresh impartation of the heart for God is released upon you now, in Jesus’ Name.
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